City mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner set dates with Bishopston

March 01 2013

Mayor George Ferguson and Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens will both be heading to Bishopston to hear residents’ views at events taking place in May.

City mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner set dates with Bishopston

Mayor George Ferguson and Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens will both be heading to Bishopston to hear residents’ views at events taking place in May. Sue Mountstevens Mayor George Ferguson

The two visits will take place within days of each other at public meetings hosted by the area’s Neighbourhood Partnership.

Mr Ferguson will be speaking at a “superforum” on May 11 on the city’s communities and neighbourhoods. A council review of the role of the city’s 14 Neighbourhood Partnerships, which were set up in 2008 with the aim of giving residents a greater say on matters such as park maintenance and minor traffic schemes, is currently under way and will run until April 1. 

Mr Ferguson said: “The launch of Neighbourhood Partnerships five years ago offered Bristol residents the opportunity for a real voice in the running of their communities. This consultation enables us to review how things are working and what more can be done to empower communities. I want Neighbourhood Partnerships to play a much bigger role in the running of the city with more say over their local services.”

The superforum on May 11 is the final event planned in a week-long Neighbourhood Festival being organised by the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership. The programme of events, which is currently being planned, will begin on May 4 at the Whiteladies Road Farmers’ Market and include the Redland May Fair on May 6.  The superforum will take place at Horfield Baptist Church, from noon to 5pm, and will also include a discussion on the challenges facing local high streets.

On May 14 Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens will be joining a meeting of the  Bishopston Forum, from 7-9pm at a venue to be confirmed, as part of her pledge to spend at least one day a week in the community.

Ms Mountstevens said: “My first week started with visits and I intend to spend the next three-and-a-half-years doing it. It is the only way I am going to be able to listen to the quiet voices. It is not only that I speak to people but they see me out and about and know that I am available to listen to their concerns. I am the residents’ voice in policing.”

  • To complete a survey on the future of Neighbourhood Partnerships as part of the citywide review, go to www.bristol.gov.uk/npask
  • If you are a member of a community group and would like to organise an event as part of the Neighbourhood Festival, call 0117 330 6095 or email Nick Clark at nick@rcwpdirectory.co.uk.
  • Find out more about the local Neighbourhood Partnership at http://bristolpartnership.org/neighbourhood-partnerships/bishopston-cotham-a-redland